Interfax. The Ukraine is considering using part of its crop of fodder potatoes—i.e., potatoes used for animal feed—for the production of biofuel. The Ukraine is one of the top potato producers in the world, ranking fourth in volume in 2008 (behind China, India and Russia), but only sixth in terms of the value of the commodity, according to the FAO.
“We are studying the possibility of using … part [of the crop] for [the production of] biofuel,” Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk told Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov during a visit to the Institute of Potato Growing of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv region on April 27.
According to Prysiazhniuk, conclusions on the issue could be reached in two or three months after the institute studies the issue.